Some people view the start of spring as an opportunity to head to sunnier destinations and beaches. But, for those who love nothing more than feeling powdery snow as they zip down a mountain, the Spring is the last opportunity to get some skiing in. Luckily, you have a few options when it comes to skiing in March and April. Keep reading for our list of the top five ski resorts you should visit – while you still can this season!
Alta Ski Resort (Utah)
Since 1980, historically, Alta mountain has received the heaviest snowfall in March. Since the mountain’s terrain faces the north, it’s able to preserve all the snowfall that it gets exceptionally well. Mount Alta gets the most snow of all the mountains in the Rockies, so you’re pretty much guaranteed to have fantastic skiing conditions in March and into April.
The resort has a skiable area of 2,614 acres, 2,600 meters in elevation, and a 2020 foot vertical drop. The resort’s slogan is “Alta is annually covered by 500+ inches of the Greatest Snow on Earth.”
We recommend staying at the Alta Peruvian Lodge, which includes an all-inclusive meal plan, an outdoor heated pool, and a lively apres-ski bar.
Fun Fact: The famous Hamburger Hill got its name because people could usually smell grilled hamburgers from the old Watson’s Shelter restaurant as they skied down the run.
Wolf Creek Resort (Colorado)
Colorado is known to be an amazing place to ski and Wolf Creek takes one of the top spots for skiing in the Spring. This resort has over 1,600 acres for people to explore, with a vertical drop of 1,604 feet and a base elevation of 10,300 feet. This resort gets an annual snowfall of 430 inches, giving itself the tagline of “The Most Snow in Colorado.”
Not only will skiing in March be no problem at this resort, but it has something for everyone to try. The resort’s slopes are divided as 20% beginner, 35% intermediate, 25% advanced, and 20% expert. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or new to the sport, you’ll be able to have fun exploring the resort.
When it comes to lodging, you’ll have to drive off to the west (Pagosa Springs) or the east (South Fork) from the resort. Check out The Springs Resort and Spa, as it’s only a 30-minute drive from the mountain and offers year-round soaking in their hot spring pools. It’s truly a perfect way to end the day after being up on the hill for several hours.
Fun Fact: The Wolf Creek Ski Resort has had many owners over the years, including two Dallas Cowboys at one point.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (Wyoming)
While a decent amount of snowfall at Jackson Hole Mountain can be a hit-and-a-miss in the winter months, it’s almost a guarantee in March. Jackson Hole is immense in every sense of the word. Its vertical drop is 4,139 feet, has a base elevation of 6,311 feet, and approximately 2,500 acres of terrain.
While the mountain is known for its impressive black diamond runs and steep terrain, it actually has something to offer all levels of experience. The mountain has 133 marked trails divided up as 10% beginner, 40% intermediate, and 50% expert.
Celebrate your last ski trip of the year by booking a stay at the luxurious Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa. You can spend your evenings relaxing in the giant rooftop pool or having a meal at the onsite restaurant.
Fun Fact: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has a continuous vertical rise that goes on for 4,139 feet from the mountain base to the top. This is the longest continuous vertical rise of any ski area in the United States.
Mount Bachelor Ski Resort (Oregon)
Mount Bachelor Ski Resort is the perfect location for spring skiing. In the winter, the Summit chairlift is closed roughly 30% of the time due to storms on the mountain. Come in March, and you’ll avoid this problem entirely, getting to enjoy nonstop days of skiing instead.
Mount Bachelor is the sixth largest ski resort in all of North America. It has 4,000 acres that you can ski, a 3,365 foot vertical drop, and a base elevation that stands high at 5,700 feet. There are over 101 named runs on the mountain with a variety of terrain. This ski spot is said to be an excellent choice for kids and families.
Mount Bachelor doesn’t have overnight lodging on the mountain, but you’ll find several options just a short commute away. Sunriver Resort is a family-friendly and affordable option that has dining options and resort activities on location.
Fun Fact: Mount Bachelor is an inactive volcano that had its last eruption was over 10,000 years ago.
Killington Resort (Vermont)
Killington Ski Resort has a reputation for staying open as far into the warm months as possible. It’s even been known to remain open until May and June some years! This should give you plenty of confidence that skiing here in the spring won’t be a problem.
Killington Ski Resort’s stats are impressive:
- 1,509 skiable acres
- A base elevation of 1,165 feet
- A vertical drop option at 3,000 feet
With over 155 trails and 22 lifts, skiers of all experience levels will find a comfortable route at Killington Ski Resort. Beginners should start with The Great Northern Trail, while more experienced skiers can go straight for the black diamond run called Superstar.
For an easy-going trip, book your stay at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel. You’ll get ski-bridge access to the slopes, access to an outdoor heated pool, and shuttle service from the mountain base to the hotel.
Fun Fact: In 1982, Killington Ski Resort offered skiing in June for the first time.
Now is the time to hit the slopes. Book your getaway soon, before it’s too late, and you have to wait until winter again.